Communities in the Chatsworth area of Gutu have been hit by rustling with two farmers recently finding the carcasses of their stolen beasts in the bush.
The carcasses were of four beasts stolen from Widgeon Farm by unknown thieves. It remains unclear why the rustlers abandoned the meat after slaughtering the cattle.
Farmers in the cattle-rich area are now concerned over the rustlers who they suspect could be working with unscrupulous butchery operators from Chatsworth and the nearby Mpandawana Town.
Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa Sunday told The Herald that the cattle belonged to Mr Gift Dube (47) of Plot 28, Village IB at Widgeon Farm, and Ms Silvia Goko, of Plot 35 in the same village. The cattle were stolen on Monday last week. Inspector Dhewa said:
We are still investigating the case after our teams attended the scene. The carcasses were handed over to the owners of the stolen beasts and no arrests have been made to date.
Police are urging cattle farmers to consider practising collective penning to secure their livestock, which could be an effective way to curb livestock theft.
Stock thieves have been hunting across Masvingo province, especially in Bikita, Mwenezi and Gutu where rustlers have stolen hundreds of cattle, with some reportedly working in alliance with corrupt police officers.